Defense One, a new wireless service for active duty service members, veterans, and military families, just recently came out of beta. The new telecommunication company - "of veterans, by veterans and for veterans," - will offer their customers a savings around 30% to 40% less than they'd pay elsewhere on 4G LTE no-contract wholesale wireless service.
Defense One will sell Samsung Galaxy devices, iPhones and other premium mobile devices at competitive prices. The company will operate as a mobile virtual network operator with partnerships with Sprint, Verizon and AT&T with a deal in the works with T-Mobile.
You will be able to sign up for a Defense One mobile plan at one of 25,000 stores. Those locations will included local merchants, major retailers along with military retail channels such as AAFES (Army and Air Force Exchange Service), DCA (Defense Commissary Agency) and Navy Exchanges.
Defense Mobile CEO and co-founder Brendan Reilly came up with the idea for this wireless service for veterans, active duty service members and military families. His brother Andrew, however, wasn't 100% on board and needed a little convincing.
"I was convinced from the beginning that price alone and cheap service and having good brands, (and) intellectual property wasn't enough", Andrew Reilly says. " We set out to really be different and be a wireless provider that stays true to its mission. We are the only carrier in the U.S. with an exclusive focus on the military."
And that focus goes beyond the wireless costs and service. For example, the company will hire veterans for its customer service agent positions - 100% of the agents will be military veterans. Also, Defense One will donate 10% of net proceeds to veterans' causes and groups.
Another benefit military telecommunications company will offer its users will be mobile apps for military service members and veterans. Presently, Defense One offers two of these apps for mobile devices.
The first of these military-specific mobile apps is called MILISOURCE. This app is designed to help vets navigate the all-too-complicated process of figuring out what benefits may be available to them and will also provide links to the proper forms required to apply for benefits.
The second app from Defense One helps veterans save money and earn cash-back rewards at at participating merchants for eligible veterans. This app is tied to a pre-approved, prepaid MasterCard debit card.
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